Initial inspection of the manufacturing plant • Performing the tests • Issuing the certificate of constancy of performance • Performing of the inspection of the production
Services of indenpendet notified body and notified test laboratory • Over 5 years of experience with testing according to CPR standards (EN 50399, EN 60332-1-2, EN 61034-2, EN 60754-2) • 90 year history, tradition and know-how • Sufficient capacity available for testing • Reasonable price • Professional approach • Guidance through the assessment process
EZU IS NOTIFIED BODY FOR CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT SYSTEMS 1+ AND 3 FOR REACTION TO FIRE OF CABLE
Technical Specifications • Parameters of cables • Expected classification
What is CPR?
CPR stands for “Construction Products Regulation,” which are rules implemented by the European Commission. CPR rules call for products – including cables – to be tested and certified based on certain criteria before they are used in European buildings. There are six requirements against which products may be assessed. Wire and cable is covered by the 2nd requirement that addresses Safety in the case of fire.
CPR ensures that distributors, consultants, systems integrators, installers and building owners have reliable product information from different manufacturers in different countries to make accurate product comparisons. This will allow for free movement of all construction products within the European Union.
How do Euroclasses compare with other (international) fire standards?
CPR Euroclasses address all aspects of a cable’s behavior during a fire. Behavior is measured against time on real size samples.
Euroclass E is defined with reference to IEC/EN 60332-1-2. For the other classes there is no direct relationship between existing IEC test and CPR. The basic structure of the testing rig is the same, but because of different mounting requirements and the use of new parameters, the test results are not comparable.
Which cables are involved in CPR?
All power, control and communication cables that are installed in fixed installations in buildings and other civil engineering works.
What is AVCP?
AVCP stands for “Assessment and verification of constancy of performance,” which requires that the compliance of power, control and communication cables with the requirements of CPR and with the performance (including classes) declared by the manufacturer in the Declaration of Performance (DoP) shall be demonstrated by:
- determination of the product-type,
- factory production control by the manufacturer, including product assessment.
The manufacturer shall always retain the overall control and shall have the necessary means to take responsibility for the conformity of the product with its declared performance.
When does CPR become applicable?
CPR has officially come into force as of June 10, 2016. The transition period will end one year later, in July 2017.
What are Euroclasses?
Euroclasses are uniform assessment methods or classifications that reflect real-life environments for building products based on reaction-to-fire performance. The Euroclass Table defines seven classes for the reaction to the fire performance of cables. Heat release and flame spread are the main classification criteria; smoke production, flaming droplets and acidity are additional classification criteria.
What is a Declaration of Performance?
A Declaration of Performance expresses the performance of construction products, including cables, in relation to the essential characteristics of those products. It identifies the product, its intended use and its essential characteristics. A Declaration of Performance requires the manufacturer, importer or distributor to assume legal responsibility for the conformity of the construction product with its declared performance.
Which buildings are involved in CPR?
All buildings and civil engineering works are involved in CPR.
What is the responsibility of manufacturersin CPR
Before placing a product on the market, there are certain rules that manufacturers must follow. First, manufacturers must make a Declaration of Conformity/Performance stating the Euroclass performance of the specific product. Then they must affix the CE marking and keep all documentation for 10 years. Depending on the Euroclass of a product they are also required to monitor the product (including self- testing of samples) following additional AVCP requirements. Furthermore they must ensure that it is identifiable, list contact information on the product and provide instructions and safety information in appropriate languages. Manufacturers must also take corrective measures when necessary, and cooperate with any requests from authorities.